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Dec 10, 2013 9:00am PST
black president, obama made mention of his own legacy and how mandela influenced it. >> we know like south africa, the united states had to overcome centuries of racial subjugation. as was true here, it took sacrifice, sacrifice of thousands of people known and unknown to see the dawn of a new day. michelle and i are beneficiaries of that struggle over 30 years ago while still a student, i learned of nelson mandela and the struggles taking place in this beautiful land, and it stirred something in me. it woke me up to my responsibilities to others and to myself, and it set me on an improbable journey to find me here today. and while i will always fall short of madiba's example, he makes me want to be a better man. he speaks to what's best inside us. >> for the next three days, nelson mandela's body will lie in state in the capital city of pretoria. on sunday his body will be buried in the village in which he was born 95 years ago today -- or 95 years ago. joining me richard wolfe, founder and president for social inclusion mia wiley and author and radio host of studio 360 curt anderso
MSNBC
Dec 6, 2013 9:00am PST
lesson, i think, from mandela's example for president obama, for any leader, mandela never ceded the moral high ground. he always kept the moral high ground. and i believe that was in part his nature, and i believe that was in part a calculation that in the end, morality would work out. in the end the arc of history would bend toward moral justice. and i think that's a lesson. >> i don't think it's just the republicans that create the difference there. mandela in his one term, he was okay at managing the economy, okay at managing crime, not so great managing corruption. as eugene says, what he really stepped forward was his moral vision. he was a brilliant communicator. we expected that of obama. obama, in fact, has not been as president as brilliant a communicator as expected. he hasn't provided the same kind of moral vision in his speeches about health care, the economy -- >> recently. >> lately in touch with that. he's made pragmatic arguments more than this moral framework of an argument. i think maybe there's a lesson there for the white house from mandela. >> also need to think
MSNBC
Dec 9, 2013 9:00am PST
your thoughts on president obama spoke the day nelson mandela passed away. from your experience with him as a candidate and through the beginning of his presidency, mandela was a larger than life figure for all of us but especially for this president there's a resonance there i'd love to get your thoughts on. >> i'm reminded -- when i heard the news i was reminded in august 2006, i had the opportunity on a trip through africa with then senator obama. we spent half a day on robben island where nelson mandela spent 18 years of his life in a cell. i remember walking into that cell. i remember walking around the grounds. i remember going to the limestone quarries where they were made to basically crush rock to pass the time. i was trying to explain to my 10-year-old who was watching on tv that this person nelson mandela had died. walking my son through what nelson mandela had gone through. i thought, you know, hopefully what it teaches everybody is to have the ability -- if nelson mandela could put aside three decades or more of hostility, of violence, of just what he had to go thro
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